Anyway, his friend, Mr. Schaeffer, is in Paris.
The prose style of Swift is unique, an irrefrangible instrument of clear, animated, animating and effective thought. This sentence is itself animated, largely by the interesting and useful contrast between the past and present participles, the latter suggesting the power to infuse vitality and animation rather than just to receive or exhibit it.
Contrive a sentence of your own along these lines, perhaps pairing excited and exciting, agitated and agitating, controlled and controlling, or any other past participle with any present one. Write about a rock concert or a performance of Hamlet. Notice how participles enliven your adjectival repertoire.
A remarkable faith in the market value of participles, in their commercial drawing power, is shown by the creator of the following advertisement for a major Cinerama release, as be deliberately edits, and animates, his copy right before our eyes: Seduction withheld, deferred, foiled-at any rate never accomplished -produced many interesting and complex characters.
Can you fashion as interesting a sentence using past participles in this way, capitalizing on their passive force to suggest action not activatedaction, as the example has it, "withheld, deferred, foiled Imagine some frustrated or blocked hope appropriate to such a description, and try to match the professional with your own set of past participles.
Insoluble, unsolvable, the chord suspended- was it never to find resolution? If you are at a loss for a topic, try a sentence about a mediator's lack of success in a management-labor dispute, a tired mountain climber, or a student unable to adapt his touch to an electric typewriter.
Lewis, They Asked for a Paper, p. You niight write about a coming awake after an involuntary afternoon nap, for instance. You could even use Lewis' main clause, "I know where I am now," and distribute your participles to the left of it, all modifying yourself as subject. If you do this, your verb phrases will be in free modification, as they obviously were in their isolation by dashes in the sample.
Right-branching sentences allow room for elaborate modification. Brace yourself, and look at the example on the next page. You see there the complete sentence from Joyce in right-branching diagram.
Modification of this size and density succeeds only when separated from the main trunk of the sentence into free-branching limbs. It succeeds, that is, when it is not bound too tightly to a noun phrase. She sat quite still for a long time, remembering the smell of Francis' cologne on Celia's body, recalling the ambiguities of Celia's speech ever since and Francis' oblique contradictory replies when she talked to him about what was in her heart, remembering with bitter shock his face and his words, "Forty is old to have children.
At a distance he can see the tall line of a dozen or more aqueduct arches, commencing suddenly, suddenly ending; coming now from nowhere, now going nowhere. Make some real experiments. While you work, keep in mind some of the special features of our samples, their unmistakable parallels and calculated successions.
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